The Importance of Occupational Health in the Workplace

Occupational health is a multidisciplinary field that focuses on the physical and mental wellbeing of employees in relation to their work and working environment. It plays a crucial role in preventing work-related illnesses and injuries, promoting health and safety, and supporting employees with health concerns. As an employer, knowing when to involve occupational health services can help you effectively manage employee health issues and create a safer, more productive workplace.

Situations That Warrant Occupational Health Involvement

  1. Pre-Employment Health Assessments – Employers may choose to involve occupational health during the recruitment process to assess a candidate’s fitness for the role. Pre-employment health assessments can help identify any health conditions that may affect an individual’s ability to perform the job duties safely and effectively, as well as any necessary adjustments or support.
  2. Long-Term Sickness Absence – When an employee has been absent from work due to illness or injury for an extended period, involving occupational health can be beneficial. They can assess the employee’s fitness to return to work, provide advice on managing their condition, and recommend any necessary adjustments or phased return plans.
  3. Frequent Short-Term Absences – If an employee has a pattern of frequent, short-term absences, it may be appropriate to involve occupational health. They can help identify any underlying health issues contributing to the absences and provide guidance on managing the situation.
  4. Work-Related Health Concerns – If an employee raises concerns about work-related health issues, such as stress, musculoskeletal disorders, or exposure to hazardous substances, involving occupational health is essential. They can assess the situation, provide advice on managing the risks, and recommend appropriate interventions.
  5. Performance or Conduct Issues – When an employee’s performance or conduct has declined, and there are reasons to believe that health factors may be contributing, occupational health can provide valuable insights. They can assess the employee’s health status, identify any underlying conditions, and advise on appropriate support or adjustments.

Benefits of Involving Occupational Health

  1. Expert Advice and Guidance – Occupational health professionals, such as those at London City Healthcare, have specialised knowledge and expertise in managing work-related health issues. They can provide tailored advice and guidance to help employers navigate complex health situations and make informed decisions.
  2. Compliance with Legal Obligations – Employers have a legal duty to protect the health, safety, and welfare of their employees under the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974. Involving occupational health can help demonstrate compliance with these legal obligations and minimise the risk of claims or disputes.
  3. Supporting Employee Wellbeing – By involving occupational health when appropriate, employers show a commitment to supporting employee wellbeing. This can help foster a positive workplace culture, improve morale, and enhance employee engagement and retention.
  4. Reducing Absence and Improving Productivity – Occupational health can help reduce sickness absence by providing early intervention, advice on managing health conditions, and support for returning to work. By minimising absence and supporting employees to perform at their best, involving occupational health can contribute to improved productivity and organisational success.

Choosing an Occupational Health Provider

When involving occupational health, it is essential to choose a reputable and experienced provider. London City Healthcare is a leading occupational health provider in the UK, offering a range of services to support employers in managing employee health effectively.


Involving occupational health at the right time can bring significant benefits to both employees and employers. By seeking expert advice and support when dealing with health-related issues, employers can ensure they are meeting their legal obligations, promoting employee wellbeing, and fostering a safe and productive work environment.

If you would like to learn more about when and how to involve occupational health in your organisation, contact London City Healthcare on 0207 236 3334 or via our contact page.

Dr Amun Kalia

Dr Amun Kalia

Dr. Kalia helps to run the Occupational Medicine provision for London City healthcare and is a company doctor for one of the largest multinational companies based in the UK.

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